WATCH: Michelle Obama Pushes Voter Registration 100 Ahead Of Election Day
Former First Lady Michelle Obama is encouraging voters to register just 100 days out from Election Day.
A video featuring Michelle Obama was posted by When We All Vote, a nonpartisan organization committed to voter registration she co-chairs. In the video, Obama says that “election could not be more important for the future of our country.”
“We’ve only got 100 days left … and we’ve got to direct every ounce of energy we have into making sure everyone we know understands the importance of their voice and their vote,” Obama said.
Obama also announced that When We All Vote will start a “Week of Action” initiative this September.
Obama has discussed voting and the concept of civic duty a number of times recently. On Sunday, she hosted a talk with NBA and WNBA players about how they can use their platforms to advocate for racial justice, as well as push for voting in the presidential elections.
“We’re gonna talk about the importance of voting and making sure your voice is heard,” NBPA president Chris Paul said. “And I think that’s very important that we’re doing this together, right? Not just NBA players, not just WNBA players, but we’re doing it together. We can share stories and know how each other feels.”
She also talked about the importance of voting and encouraged the younger generation to be active in their political lives in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar published in mid-June.
“Would you let your grandma decide what you wear on a night out to the club? Would you want her picking out the car you drive or the apartment you live in? Not many people want someone else making their decisions for them, especially when that person might not see the world the same way as they do,” she said. “That’s what happens when you don’t vote: You are giving away your power to someone else – someone who doesn’t see the world the same as you. You’re letting them make some really key decisions about the way you live. And the truth is, that’s exactly what some folks are hoping you’ll do. They’re hoping that you’ll stay home so that they can make these important decisions for you.”